With the possibility of more oil tanker traffic along the BC coast, the State of Washington commissioned a study to consider the damage a spill could cause to the environment. The state’s Ecology Department returned with a report suggesting wildlife, sea otters in particular, would be at great risk.
“The relative risk of an oil spill occurring near the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca may increase by over four times with the development of new oil transport facilities in British Columbia, Canada and Washington State,” said the report.
The fear is a spill near the Juan de Fuca Strait could flow into the otters habitat, destroying it and the mammals along with it. Sea Otters are considered endangered in Canada.
The study looked at possible solutions: ensure all is done to prevent spills, improve spill response, and come up with better methods to save otters injured in a spill.
(Source: The Tyee)